The Low Popahirum, February 10, 2016

NATIONAL

“The New Jersey governor had made a big push in New Hampshire, but only mustered a sixth-place finish.” – Politico

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders scored decisive victories in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary – as Ohio Gov. John Kasich surged into a second-place finish and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was fighting to stay in the race with Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush for third.” – Fox News

“New Hampshire Doesn’t Pick Presidents. New Hampshire Picks Losers.” – Red State

Jeb Bush is already laying the groundwork for a brutal South Carolina campaign against establishment rivals John Kasich and Marco Rubio.” – Politico

“Everything, it seemed, was breaking Marco Rubio’s way.” – NY Times

“Even though everyone has expected for weeks that Donald Trump would win the New Hampshire primary, the scale of that victory should unsettle both his rivals and the pundits.” – Bloomberg Review

The Michael Bloomberg for president trial balloon has arrived just in time to elevate and rescue a weary press corps that has been suffering almost nonstop for a year to cover the candidate-surplus slog that is Campaign 2016. Bloomberg has always aspired to be president, if 2006 is a sufficiently distant date to qualify as “always.” It was then, according to David A. Graham’s pocket history of Bloomberg’s presidential ambitions, that the press first noted his White House lust. The piece, written by New York magazine’s John Heilemann—currently one of Bloomberg TV’s two million-dollar TV babies—sketched Bloomberg as someone who “seems to view himself as a man of destiny,” just as you might if you, too, were worth $38.8 billion.” – Politico

“Billionaire businessman Donald Trump, the runaway winner of the first in the nation GOP presidential primary, picked the right song to celebrate with.” – Breitbart

Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted late Tuesday night that a Donald Trump – John Kasich ticket would emerge.” – The Blaze

This time, the polls were right. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won overwhelming victories here in New Hampshire, beating out their closest rivals by double-digit margins.  Here are five takeaways from last night’s First in the Nation primary:” – Town Hall

LOUISIANA

Louisiana’s current budget hole that must be filled by June 30 is $870 million — even worse than Gov. John Bel Edwards has been saying for the past several weeks.” – NOLA.com

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Louisiana on Thursday for a campaign rally in the 10,000-seat Baton Rouge River Center.” – NOLA.com

While many celebrated Mardi Gras with parades, others had a good time in the French Quarter. Especially at this year’s annual Bourbon Street Awards.” – WWLTV.com

“The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.” – NOLA.com

State and federal authorities are investigation the death of a juvenile pelican after Sunday’s St. Paul’s Carnival Association parade in Pass Christian.” – WWL.com

“For the faithful on the go, one church is making it easy to get ashes Wednesday.” – Fox8Live.com

“Authorities are searching for a woman who they say attempted to rob the post office in Sorrento with a water gun filled with pepper spray.” – KATC.com

Governor John Bel Edwards has put together a special web page to solicit public input on how to handle the state’s budget crisis. The governor’s director of communications Richard Carbo explains that the purpose of the site is to inform the public and get suggestions from citizens.” – LouisianaRadioNetwork.com

Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD, (R-Lafayette) introduced legislation opposing President Obama’s proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil to pay for a new “21st century clean transportation system.” The bill was introduced on the same day President Obama’s final budget request was submitted to Congress. The tax increase is included in the President’s budget request.” – Boustany.House.Gov

“As the clock strikes midnight, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmondson and New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu following on horseback, lead first responders on the symbolic sweep of Bourbon Street to mark the end of Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.” – NOLA.com

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